Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today proposed a major United Nations role as "a cure-all" for resolving tensions in Central Asia over the use of water, energy and other natural resources where exploitation by one country can affect the development of another.
On May 1, the modern-day equivalent, the World Expo, will open in Shanghai, China. Given China's rising international profile, the Shanghai Expo seems to be less about inventions and more about geopolitics.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Central Asia this week for the first time. The five-nation trip will focus on regional cooperation, disarmament, tackling climate change and promoting development, the United Nations announced Monday.
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Consider, then, the "public diplomacy" impact of a serious public offer to Iran, made through international media and from the podium (so often usurped by the clownish Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) of the United Nations.
This is the first of what I intend as a series of occasional postings about public diplomacy and soft power in and towards Asia, focusing principally on the People's Republic of China. This site is understandably concerned with western approaches to, and practices of, public diplomacy, especially as they relate to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenges of international terrorism. My aim is to draw attention to non-western perspectives that acknowledge, but are not dominated by, events in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON -- Oct. 22
Thursday night was a big night for Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language television news channel in the Middle East.
The preemptive lead story was the release of the UN report on the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon.
For most news organizations, it was a story worth at best three or four news reports. At Al Jazeera, editors decided this was the only story of the night.